Shami fails fitness test, Saini named replacement

Delhi pacer, Navdeep Saini, was named in the India squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan after Mohammed Shami failed to clear the fitness test.

Navdeep Saini scalped 34 wickets in Ranji Trophy.   -  Prashant Nakwe

Delhi pacer, Navdeep Saini, was named in the India squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan after Mohammed Shami failed to clear the YoYo fitness test.

Shami, a seasoned campaigner, flunked the fitness test, conducted at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.

Saini, who had a terrific outing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy, will be joining the side late on Monday. He is also part of the four-day set-up of the India A team and is set to travel to UK next month. The 25-year-old has so far played 31 first-class games, taking 96 wickets.

The Indian team has set a standard parameter of clearing the Yo Yo test, which gives a measure of a player’s endurance and fitness. The current benchmark is 16.1 for the India senior team and A team. It is learnt that Karun Nair and Hardik Pandya are the two best performers in the YoYo Test, scoring above 18.

The Indian team management has also requested that India ‘A’ fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Rajneesh Gurbani attend the training sessions of the national team and bowl at the nets. A request was also made for Ankit Rajpoot, but the Uttar Pradesh fast bowler is unwell.

Meanwhile, the All-India Senior Committee has named Ishan Kishan in India ‘A’ team for the away one-day series against England Lions and West Indies A, after Sanju Samson failed his fitness test.